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Interview with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges from
"Teen Choice Awards 2015" on FOX 8/3/15
FBC PUBLICITY: Teen Choice
August 3, 2015 /1:00 p.m. PDT
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. Thank you
for standing by and welcome to the Teen Choice 2015
conference call. At this time, all lines are in a
listen-only mode. Later there will be an opportunity for
your questions and instructions will be given at that time.
(Operator instructions.) As a reminder, this conference is
I would now like to turn the conference over to our host,
publicist with Fox is Nicole Gonzales. Please go ahead.
Nicole: Hi, everyone, thank you so much for joining the Teen
Choice 2015 conference call with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges.
He is co-hosting alongside Gena Rodriguez and Josh Peck on
Sunday August 16th , and it’s airing live on Fox from 8 p.m.
to 10 p.m. ET, MPT times. It’s taking place from the Galen
Center at USC in Los Angeles, and we’ve also announced
several performances and presenters that are available on
our Fox Press site if you should need that information.
I’d like to introduce Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. First
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our first question today
comes from the line of Michelle Banayan representing US
Weekly. Please go ahead.
Michelle: Wanted to say congrats on being the host. You seem
to be so busy with the Teen Choice awards, and you’re also
working on Empire, as I recently found out. How has it been
diving in with the cast?
Chris: Oh, I am only on one episode. It was good. I’ve done
it already, and I’m basically appearing and I’m working as a
correctional officer that’s in, of course, The Federal
Bureau of Prisons. I believe that celebrity inmates should
be treated no differently than regular criminals, so we’re
talking about Lucious Lyon, but basically, I am just on one
episode, so I’m a feature on one episode.
To answer your question it was great. The two days that I
shot, it was great. I already have a relationship with
Terrance Howard. I worked with him on two other films, so I
felt like I was amongst family and friends, people that I
worked with before.
Michelle: There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Trai and
Grace’s engagement. Have there been any celebrations on set?
Chris: The day that I was there shooting, I had nothing to do
and did not hear anything about that. As a matter of fact, I
believe I was shooting before that announcement was made, so
I can’t answer your question about other people when it
comes to their engagements, my apologies.
Michelle: Thank you.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) We will go to Erin
Jensen’s line with USA Today. Please go ahead.
Erin: Hi, thank you. I was just wondering; so many times the
Furious franchise cast are referred to them as a family. How
does it feel to be co-hosting the award show and you guys
are nominated for Furious 7 for choice movie chemistry?
Chris: It feels great, man, because I think that we always
drilled that point no matter what interviews we’re doing. I
think people are finally really taking notice. Hosting the
Teen Choice Awards when I actually have a teenager; my
oldest is 14 years old, and she’ll actually be coming with
Her birthday is, literally, the same week as the awards. But
to answer your question, it feels great to be nominated, and
I think this franchise continues to get bigger and better
every time. I think it’s past due, man, so I’m hoping we win
that award. There’d be nothing better than me co-hosting and
actually winning an award and having my daughter there as
part of her birthday celebration all in the same week and
Erin: Well, good. Happy early birthday to her.
Chris: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Jason
Stevens with TV.com. Please go ahead.
Jason: Hi there, thanks for jumping on today. My question is,
I was wondering how do you even go about preparing to host
an award show like this, so youthful, the audience is always
so crazy? What kind of preparations do you guys go through
Chris: Man, we’ve had a call in terms of some of the things
that we’ll try to do, but we haven’t got in the real detail.
I think the best way to answer your question is that they
ask for specific people based off of our personalities and
just our vibrance and energy. I think, at the end of the
day, when we come together no matter what the format is,
we’re just being ourselves, and we’re going to transfer that
energy across to all of these different teenagers and across
the world so that we’re able to match the amount of
excitement that’s going on with the awards show.
Technicalities taken out of it, man, it’s all about what’s
destined in terms of great people, great energy that have
good timing, not only as actors and comedic timing, but just
in general and just having a good time and knowing how to go
off script and maybe adlib and just make it feel like you’re
a part of what’s going on, not only with the awards and the
whole ceremony, but, of course, being one with the crowd.
Jason: Definitely. All right, thanks very much.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) We will go to Kylie
Potuznik with Fox. Please go ahead.
Kylie: Hi, I have a quick question. Are you excited to be on
the stage with Gena and Josh? Do you have any advice for
them or have you worked with them in the past?
Chris: I haven’t worked with them in past, but I’ve been able
to see some of their past work, and I am already fans of
them, so I’m just excited to work with them in the
[indiscernible]. If anything, they might be able to give me
some advice. I feel like I think I always have something to
learn to continue to complete me as progressing host, actor,
rapper, everything that I do. That’s part of the reason that
I choose to do things like this, because I feel like I
always have something to learn, and it’s good to be around
great people from different sides and walks of life that are
involved in different aspects of entertainment.
Kylie: Awesome. Thank you so much. Looking forward to see you
Chris: Thank you so much.
Moderator: Our next question today comes from the line of
Russell Weakland with the Hollywood Life. Please go ahead.
Russell: Hey, Luda, how are you?
Chris: What’s going on, man.
Russell: Not too much, not too much. Well, like you said, you
are obviously a host, a rapper, an actor, everything. What
other bucket list items do you have for yourself since you
have your hands in everything, pretty much?
Chris: I’m pretty much just a male gigolo, because then I’d
be able to get my hands in even more things. I’m just
joking. I’m a married, man, so what else is on my bucket
list, probably to win an Emmy one day. An Emmy and an Oscar;
that would complete because I have a Grammy. That may take
some time, but I mean, I think whether it’s years or decades
from now, I’m going to get one or both of those.
Russell: Awesome. Continued success.
Chris: Thank you, man.
Moderator: We will go to the line of Erin Jensen with USA
Today. Please go ahead.
Erin: I was just wondering are there any hosts that you kind
have been looking up to or kind of taking tips from or have
any of your friends given you any advice for hosting?
Chris: No, they haven’t, but what’s on the top of my head is
I felt like Neal Patrick Harris did a great job hosting the
Oscars this past year. I think that he is fresh on my mind
in terms of somebody who is great with the timing of
everything and very comfortable in his own skin. I would
love to take after those shoes.
Erin: He obviously had a big performance element in his
hosting gig. Are you going to do any performances?
Chris: I don’t think I’ll be doing any performances, but I
was more just talking about him as a host, but I guess
you’re right, I forgot that he sung and all that stuff. I’m
not quite there yet, but like I said earlier, I continue to
progress, so we’ll see about that one day, who knows.
Moderator: All right, we have time for one last question
today, and that will come from the line of Samira Shahbandy
with Entertainment News. Please go ahead.
Samira: You’ve been in the entertainment business awhile. A
lot of teens will be watching your show. Do you have any
advice for young entertainers who may be starting out?
Chris: Any advice for teenagers that may what?
Samira: May be just starting out in the entertainment
Chris: Oh, for teenagers, I would just say make sure you have
a strong foundation of people around you, because we all
know as teenagers is when we really just start to not want
to listen to everybody and kind of rebel and do our own
thing. But as long as you keep a strong foundation of people
around you and people that you love and trust and are going
to be not necessarily yes men, if you know what I mean. I
think that’s the most important part of it. They will tell
you when they feel like you’re going in the wrong direction
or doing something wrong. So, make sure you have the right
people around you. That would be my greatest advice that I
Samira: Thank you.
Chris: Thank you.
Moderator: Did you have any closing remarks?
Chris: Thank you guys for your time and patience and energy,
I greatly appreciate it and look forward to the show.
Nicole: Thank you, everyone. That concludes our conference
call with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Again, Teen Choice airs
and tapes on Sunday, August 16th and will air that evening
on Fox. Thank you so much.
Chris: Thank you.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, this conference will be
available for replay after 2:30 this afternoon and running
through August 10th at midnight.
That does conclude our conference for today. We thank you
for your participation and using the AT&T Executive
TeleConference. You may now disconnect.
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